Last night the referees' union weighed into the row as the FA deliberate on whether tocharge the Manchester United boss over his comments following his side's 2-1 defeat at Chelsea on Tuesday night.
Alan Leighton, whose union Prospect is engaged to represent match officials, said: 'The ball is in Sir Alex's court. I'm less interested in whether he's charged thanremoving this stigma from the referee at Stamford Bridge.
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'The referees are saying that if one is questioned then it questions them all. None of them want their integrity impaired. So the best way would be a retraction.'
The FA have until 4pm on Friday to decide whether to press charges, a move whichwould activate an extended touchline ban as he still has a two match suspensionhanging over him for his attack on Alan Wiley in November 2009.
The FA have requested video footage from MUTV of a post-match interview in whichFerguson said: 'It was a major game for both clubs and you want a fair referee. When I saw who was refereeing it, I feared the worst.'
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